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Nov 23, 2014

New strain of bird flu found in goose in Germany

A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the Agriculture Ministry said Saturday. The goose with the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was identified in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and was ...

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

Nov 23, 2014

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France’s conservative party this week. Just a few weeks after he ...

Hitler watercolor fetches $162,000 at auction

Nov 23, 2014

Hitler watercolor fetches $162,000 at auction

A watercolor of Munich’s old City Hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for €130,000 ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted ...

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Nov 23, 2014

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Some 16,867 voters in southeast England ushered in a season of European political tumult that in an extreme scenario could lead to Britain exiting the European Union, Greece quitting the euro or Catalonia seceding from Spain. Victory by the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party in ...

Cosby controversy, a decade in the making

Nov 23, 2014

Cosby controversy, a decade in the making

The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005, when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Here is how the ...

Nov 23, 2014

Paintings discovered at Greece's biggest ancient tomb

Paintings of daily life have been discovered on columns at Greece’s biggest ancient tomb at Amphipolis in the northern region of Macedonia, the Greek culture ministry said Saturday. “After cleaning the columns, images of people, objects and utensils were uncovered,” Culture Minister Kostas Tassoulas ...

Nov 23, 2014

Venice declares war on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter by banning noisy suitcases on wheels. Residents have had it with the round-the-clock rumble of luggage being dragged across cobblestoned alleyways and bridges by a large ...

Nov 22, 2014

Climate change to increase U.S. lightning strikes

Lightning has the power to spark wildfires and kill, and scientists recently said that climate change may lead to 50 percent more of it by century’s end. The report in the U.S. journal Science is based on measurements of precipitation and cloud buoyancy, applied ...